The collection consists mainly of correspondence on a wide variety of subjects, socio-political, religious, philanthropic, with numerous letters referring to his time as Principal of the University of Glasgow, 1832-1907. There are also papers and correspondence of his wife, Elma and daughter Helen Story.
Papers of Robert Herbert Story, 1835-1907, Church of Scotland minister and Principal, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1898-1907
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 248 DC 21
- Dates of Creation1849-1948
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description0.15 metres
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Very Revd Robert Herbert Story of Rosneath was born at Rosneath Manse, Rosneath, Argyll & Bute, Scotland, on 23 Feb 1835 , the fourth child of Robert Story, Minister of Rosneath, and Helen Boyle. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh ( 1849-1854 ), the University of Heidelberg in 1853 before going on to study Divinity at the University of Edinburgh and the University of St Andrews ( 1854-1857 ). He was awarded an Honorary Degree of LLD by the University of St Andrews.
Robert Story was licensed as a preacher by the Presbytery of Dumbarton ,West Dumbartonshire, Scotland on 2 Nov 1858 and served as Assistant Minister at St. Andrew's Church, Montreal, Canada in 1859 . He returned to Rosneath in February 1860 to become assistant to his father, but his father died shortly after his arrival home. The Patron, the Duke of Argyll presented him to the parish, and he was inducted as Minister at Rosneath, in succession to his father in 1860 , serving there until 1887 . In 1886 he was appointed Chaplain to Queen Victoria, an appointment which continued under King Edward. Other positions that he held were as Junior Clerk to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland from 1886; Moderator of the General Assembly in 1894 ; and Principal Clerk to the General Assembly from 1895-1907 . He favoured the views of Dr. Robert Lee on the ordering of public worship and, with two others, founded the Church Service Society, which was a major influence in transforming the observance of public worship in Scotland. In April 1886 he delivered the first lecture in memory of Robert Lee at St. Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, on the subject of The Reformed Ritual in Scotland .
From 1885-1889 Story edited a magazine first called The Scottish Church and then The Scots Magazine . He was Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Glasgow from 1886-1898 , and succeeded John Caird as Principal of the University in 1898. As Principal, one of his chief goals was to see the extension of the University and the provision of better equipment. To this end he established a fund which by 1906 had raised the sum of å£75,000. From this fund å£20,000 was donated towards the cost of building a new Physics Laboratory, the Natural Philosophy Building, in 1907 - the building currently known as the Kelvin Building. A further å£20,000 from this fund was given for a new building to house the departments of Physiology, Materia Medica, Forensic Science, and Public Health, also in 1907 - now known as the West Medical Building. He died on 13 Jan 1907 , before these new buildings were completed.
The collection is survey listed. The letters are chronologically arranged from items 1-127 with undated letters from 128-162, letters in an album 162-195 and other material including university class tickets 196-319.
Received prior to the introduction of formal accessioning procedures
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Digital file level list available in searchroom. Manual file level list available at the National Register of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)2806) and London (NRA 30488), .
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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements
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Location of Originals
This material is original
GB 248 DC21/319 G E R Young, Pamphlet - 'Elma and Helen Story: A Recollection'(1948)
Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names
Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.
Compiled by Moira MacKay, Assistant Archivist & Virginia Russell, Archives Assistant, July 1997